Mayan Ruins, Rio Dulces and 9mm Berettas
Trip Start Jun 05, 2006
33Trip End Ongoing
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There are troops of spider and howler monkeys, 285 species of birds, 209 of which are resident species: including hawks, hummingbirds, parrots, vultures, and golden turkeys. Outside of the ruins live jaguar, puma, ocelot, pecarry, small deer, and many other animals, many rare and endangered.
I stayed in the small island town of Flores and aranged a tour with guide to the park with Shaun (England) and Chad (USA). We left Flores at 3am and when we arrive at the park had to walk through the pitch black jungle with torches and ferocious humidity to Temple IV, the highest in Tikal (64m). After ascending to the summit of the temple up a rickety ladder, I sat and waited in an eery pitch black silence, looking to the East for the morning sunrise, with nothing stirring except for the odd bird buzzing fast after a morning feed...absolute silence! So the sun started to shine through, however there was too much humidity (and therefore cloud) this morning and the whole sunrise experience to the East didn't happen. If lucky with the weather, the sun can been seen popping its head up over the far horizon. So a little disappointment was felt, but when the sun stared to shine through the haze, I still got the great rush of adrenaline as the jungle came alive for the day, with the sound of Howler Monkeys (more like the growl of a lion than a howl!) and Toucans calling to each other.
Passing the time has been fun (including Jet-skiing), although most days are slow with sleeping, eating and drinking the main activities. Carlos (who works at the hotel), Neil (a retired chef and restaurant owner from England)-both top guys, and I went to a waterfall site up the river called Fica Paraiso...and absolute paradise it is...the strange thing is that the pool/lagoon is cold, but becauise of the volcanic nature of the area, the water cascading over the falls has a temperature hotter than a hot shower...its incredible! Oh, and Im now a friend of the local police too...Michael (a crazy Canadian volunteer) was at the local shop one day at 8am and met one of the local cops....having an early morning beer!!!
So I'll be staying in Rio Dulce for one more week and will be leaving to meet Conor in Honduras at the start of November which will be awesome. We plan to visit the capital, Tegucigalpa to meet the homestay family he was with a few years back and then we're off the scuba diving island of Utila in the Caribbean to blow some bubbles.
Until next time, all the best and I hope you're all well,